Chinese Name: 草原上升起不落的太阳
English Name: The Rising Sun Never Sets on The Grassland
Composer: MeiLi QiGe美丽其格
The Rising Sun Never Sets on The Grassland is a song sung by Hu Songhua and composed by Meili Qige. The song was created in 1952.
Based on the folk tunes of Inner Mongolia, the melody is broad and stretch, rich in rich national style and local color. It has been sung for more than half a century and has become the most representative song to praise and publicize Inner Mongolia. It has also been selected as the “Chinese music classic of the 20th century”.
Composition Story of The Rising Sun Never Sets on The Grassland
Talking about the creative process of The Rising Sun Never Sets on The Grassland, Meili Qige said that he was only 24 years old at that time, so he didn’t think too much about his creation.
In 1952, the Central Conservatory of Music asked each student to write a song as a one-year graduation assignment. Because Meili Qige often talked to his classmates about some customs of his hometown grassland, the students suggested that he write what he said into a song. “I took Chao’er（A Mongolian musical instrument） and hummed while pulling. The first two sentences were written first: white clouds floating in the blue sky and horses running under the white clouds蓝蓝的天上白云飘，白云下面马儿跑. Just writing these two sentences, I have outlined the whole tune in my mind, so this song was completed together with lyrics and music.”
After the creation of this song, Meili Qige named it “Blue Sky(蓝蓝的天上)”.
Two years later, Leng An, a classmate of Meili Qige, talked to him about his views on the title of the song: “the Blue Sky gives people a feeling of too narrow perspective, which can only make people imagine the blue sky. If the most classic sentence in the lyrics’ The Rising Sun Never Sets on The Grassland 草原上升起不落的太阳 ‘is used as the title of the song, it will give people a broad and spectacular feeling, and imagine the whole grassland under the sun!” Meili Qige agreed with Leng An’s point of view very much, so she renamed the song ” The Rising Sun Never Sets on The Grassland “.